Allegiant not ruling out adding big cities to network

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Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air is not ruling out expanding to bigger markets as the airline becomes larger.

The airline's president Andrew Levy notes in an earnings call today that as the airline has grown, it has entered markets that are bigger than those that the airline had previously grown into.

He cites Cincinnati as an example. The carrier began service from the city in Ohio to Orlando Sanford and Punta Gorda in Florida in February, and will also start seasonal service between Cincinnati and Myrtle Beach in May.

Levy says entering bigger markets will allow the carrier to reach more people in a cost-effective way. But he stresses: "Our bread and butter remains the smaller cities."

Allegiant's business model revolves around providing non-stop service for passengers in smaller, secondary cities to holiday destinations like Orlando and Las Vegas.